It’s been a week since Joomla 1.5.13 has been released. Now, The Joomla Project announced the immediate availability of Joomla 1.5.14 codenamed ‘Wojmamni ama naiki’. This release contains fixes for two material bugs that were introduced in version 1.5.13 and one low level security issue.
Here are some of the key fixes and improvements the community has made to this current release:
One low-level security issue was fixed in this release:
- Low Priority – Core – com_mailto Timeout. You might want to read more about it here.
- Fixed error message in Media Manager (17319)
- Fixed callback error message in TinyMCE editor (17323)
About Joomla content management system (CMS)
Joomla! is an award-winning Content Management System (CMS) that will help you build websites and other powerful online applications. Joomla! is an open source software solution available to everybody for free. Joomla! is used all over the world to power everything from simple personal homepages to complex corporate and e-commerce web applications.
Joomla! can be used to easily manage every aspect of your website (adding content and images, updating a product catalog, taking online reservations, etc.). Joomla CMS can be enhanced by add-ons written by third party developers, Joomla extensions directory can be found here.
Learn more about Joomla! here.
Movable Type, an open source blog software, which we have reviewed here, has officially released its new version 4.3. It comes loaded with faster performance, powerful search, developer features and more.
Below are some of the key features in this release,
- Smarter Search and Pagination
Several new ways have been added to narrow down search (author, category and date). With a static first page and dynamic additional pages, your site gets the added page views with faster publish times.
Additionally, the ability to paginate comments has been added, which will dramatically improve publish times on prolific comment threads.
- Entry Asset Manager
Movable Type handles assets like photos in a smarter way, which makes it easy for you to make slideshows and editing entries that use assets even faster.
- Summary Object Framework
This framework allows MT’s core codebase and plugins to store arbitrary summary information in the database, replacing expensive calculation queries with fast primary-key lookups against summary tables.
The framework includes a flexible mechanism for invalidating summary objects when the objects on which they depend are modified, and a queued worker class for asynchronously regenerating invalidated summaries. Movable Type team will be providing extensive documentation for developers to start implementing this feature in their installations within the week.
- Improved Documentation
Over 80 pages of documentation has been provided with basic and advanced tested examples. Now community members can also contribute back to the documentation in a much easy manner.
- Smarter Blog Cloning
Use any of your existing sites as a prototype for new ones by cloning just a blog’s layout and design with a few clicks. You might want to read more about it here.
- In-App Performance & Developer Features
For those with thousands of entries, users or blogs, searching inside the app is much faster. Additionally some developer tools (e.g., Debug Mode & Performance Logging) have been brought out in the settings for faster access.
Download Movable Type 4.3 here.
bbPress, a template-driven PHP/MySQL forum software developed by the creators of WordPress has released two new versions: bbPress 1.0.2 and bbPress 0.9.0.6 legacy, these are now available for download.
- bbPress 1.0.2 addresses a number of issues which have come up since the 1.0.1 release, including a problem where the voices count could get out of sync.
- bbPress 0.9.0.6 is the first “legacy” release of the bbPress 0.9 branch, which will be maintained for security until late 2010.
Both releases fix a long standing bug which was affecting the way spam was being reported via the Akismet plugin. These releases are recommended for all users of both bbPress branches.
OpenGoo, an easy to use open source web office software, which we have reviewed here, has released its new version 1.5 final. In brief, OpenGoo is a web office software that allows a group of people to collaborate by sharing information over the Internet. It is a complete solution for every organization to create, collaborate, share and publish all its internal and external documents. You can plan and manage all your projects, easily following the status of every task, set milestones, pending tasks, personal notes etc.
Many new features have been added to this release, lot of bug fixes have been made and it has been exhaustively tested by the OpenGoo community and development team.
The new features are:
Improvements in the Email module:
- Email attachments have been added. Now you can attach any type of object as a link in the email, or in case of files optionally attach the content.
- Email signature, allows you to define a text signature for each account.
- Email checking has been improved, which fixed many problems while fetching email through IMAP or POP3.
- When writing an email your progress will be automatically saved.
Kaltura Community Edition Beta 1.5 has been released. It’s a self-hosted, community supported version of Kaltura’s Open Source Online Video Platform. Once installed, any site can benefit from comprehensive video and rich media functionalities including video management, searching, uploading, importing, editing, annotating, remixing and sharing.
Kaltura will allow you to easily build rich-media applications. Kaltura CE and is available under the GNU Affero General Public License v3. Additional value-added services are available from Kaltura, including: consulting, expert support, hosting & streaming, CDN network, advertising and monetization, video SEO and more.
- 100% Open Source (GNU Affero General Public License v3) – built on PHP
- Self-hosted and free
- Stream from your local server or CDN of your choice.
- Easily integrate and customize.
- Full access to APIs and API calls.
- Maintain data security – private and secure, behind your firewall.
Main Components included in the KalturaCE Alpha Package
- Content upload, bulk upload.
- Search and import content from online repositories.
- Content and application management.
- Video encoding and image manipulation.
- System monitoring console.
- Kaltura Management Console (KMC( – full content and widget management application
- Kaltura Dynamic Player +Playlist (KDP) – Highly customizable rich media player and a playlist extension
- Kaltura Uploader (Contribution Wizard) – Customizable wizard, enabling end users to easily upload and import media from various sources using a single interface
- Kaltura Standard Editor (KSE) – This video editor allows users to create remixes from images, audio and video files. Easy to use UI and customizable skin and locale
- Kaltura Advanced Editor (KAE) – Full featured video editor to create remixes from images, audio and video files based on timeline-based editing. Customizable skin and locale, extensions, dynamic features and statistics and JS hooks integration
Downloads are available from Kaltura.
Now, this is a nifty piece of CSS which helps you build a sitemap straight from HTML unordered list navigation.
This can be customized (see the slickmap.css file) to adapt to your needs and it allows up to three levels of page navigation. Web designers, especially, would love it.
“The idea of SlickMap CSS is to streamline the web design process by automating the illustration of sitemaps while at the same time allowing for the predevelopment of functional HTML navigation.” says Matt.
It was tested with Safari, Firefox, Opera, and other standards-compliant browsers (well, because IE seems not to be so standards compliant this piece of CSS might look crappy there).
Features and Benefits
* Eliminates the need for additional software
* Easily revised with clients on-the-fly
* Clickable anchors with visible URLs
* Design process results in working HTML code
How do you use it?
Pretty simple by following the steps below (found also in the README.txt file):
1) Create an HTML file with an unordered list of links. SlickMap was
designed to style actual linked navigation, not simply lists, so make
sure to include anchor tags. See index.html for the correct formatting.
2) Apply slickmap.css as you would any other stylesheet, using it for both
“screen” and “print” media as seen here:
<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” media=”screen,print” href=”slickmap.css” />
3) Within your HTML file, the link to your home page should be at the top
of the unordered list and have the id of #home. This is required to pull
the home page link out above the rest of the site tree.
4) The SlickMap default is 4 columns. In order to change the number of
columns, you simply need to change the class of the PrimaryNav unordered
list (col4, col5, etc.) SlickMap CSS will accomodate 1 to 10 columns,
some much better than others.
NOTE: Due to Internet Explorer’s difficulty in rounding numbers, you may
find the farthest right column drops down instead of appearing in line.
If need be, you can resolve this issue by adjusting the CSS to use a
slightly smaller percentage than what you really need, i.e. (pun intended)
24.9% instead of 25%.
5) Depending on how you use these files, you may need to correct the image
paths within the CSS file.
WordPress, one of the popular open source content management systems is also widely popular for its community support. It has a vast directory of free themes and plugins.
Previously we have covered ‘8 Photo/Image Gallery Plugins for WordPress‘. Turning focus to social bookmarking, it’s always beneficial to spread the word about interesting articles or blogs you come across on the web. Social bookmarking buttons provide users an easy mode to share and bookmark interesting articles or webpages. Social bookmarking not only helps visitors save interesting links but it also enhances the traffic of the blog. Here are five handy WordPress plugins for social bookmarking which help you with this regard.
This plugin enables your blog visitors to easily add your blog posts to multiple social bookmarking sites like delecious, reddit etc., or to send a link to your post via email, AIM, Facebook, Twitter and more.
bbPress, a template-driven PHP/MySQL forum software developed by the creators of WordPress has released bbPress 1.0, which is now available for download.
bbpress 1.0 offers many usability improvements and is now more approachable for people accustomed to the WordPress platform. bbPress 1.0 now has a similar administration interface to WordPress and uses similar descriptions and names where appropriate.
bbPress also behaves more like WordPress when it comes to things like automatically generating your .htaccess file when setting up permalinks.
Here are a few of the key improvements over the 0.9 series:
- “Voices” count on topics reports the number of individuals participating in a conversation.
- Native support for cookie integration (single sign-on) with WordPress 2.7 and 2.8.
- Optional support for memcached object caching.
- Time-zone and Daylight Savings time support.
- A complete XML-RPC publishing API.
- Pingback support – each topic can receive pingbacks, just like a blog post.
- Optionally allow login via email address as well as username.
- New meta API allows arbitrary meta data to be stored for posts, topics, forums, options, tags or even meta.
- Display names used primarily for user identification display, which allows special characters to be used
- Themes can now have a “functions.php” file, which is automatically loaded.
- Accessibility improvements on forms and in the default theme, including WAI-ARIA roles.
- Major overhaul of the admin interface.
- Optional Akismet statistics page.
- Improved use of posts admin to manage spam.
If you are upgrading from any earlier release to 1.0 then you absolutely should backup all you files and database before doing so. You also may need to make minor adjustments to your templates. Before upgrading, disable all plugins.
bbPress 1.0 is named “Bechet” (pronounced beh-shay) after the pioneering jazz saxophonist Sidney Bechet.
If you haven’t tried bbPress yet, you can check out some examples here.
Downlaod bbPress 1.0 here.
The Joomla Project, which recently celebrated 10 million downloads has announced the immediate availability of Joomla 1.5.12, code named ‘Wojmamni Ama Woi’. This release contains a number of bug fixes and three moderate-level security fixes.
This release marks an important milestone for the Joomla Project due to the upgrade of the PEAR library to the new BSD licensed version, which brings the code base into full compliance with the GPL.
In addition, this release contains an important upgrade to TinyMCE v 126.96.36.199. The Production Working Group’s goal is to continue to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla community.
Here are some of the fixes and improvements the community has made to this current release:
- Category List Layout sorts correctly.
- Category List Layout HTML error resolved.
- Minimum User Level for Media Manager works correctly for Editors submitting Articles.
- Article Manager shows non-duplicated Page Titles with Page Breaks.
- Section Filter for Content Component correctly lists only Article Categories.
- Reverted escaping of miscellaneous information field in com_contact.
- Update to TinyMCE 188.8.131.52.
- Updated installer SQL to correspond with TinyMCE upgrade.
- Added missing language strings for TinyMCE after initial upgrade.
- CSS files save correctly when edited using Template Manager.
- Upgraded PEAR with a newer version that has BSD licensing.
- PHPMailer allows secure connections to SMTP Servers.
- File::upload() uses chmod 644 in FTP mode.
- Tooltips correctly encoded.
- Reverted detailed module caching fix.
If you haven’t tried Joomla! yet, you can check out the online demo.
Source: Joomla Announcements